Matt's story is inspirational to young and old. For school children it raises their awareness of disability, demonstrating that people in wheelchairs can lead a full and rewarding life.
Matt tells of how he was a talented rugby player, playing for England U21 and Leicester Tigers, loving his sport and in his absolute prime when a tragic accident turned his life upside down when a scrum collapsed on top of him, breaking his neck and leaving him quadriplegic and breathing on a ventilator. He explains how he went on to set up the Foundation and the ways it 'helps and inspires young people injured in sport'.
His talk helps young people understand other's circumstances and helps them recognise how diversity brings different experiences which in turn creates a more interesting and tolerant world. It also shows how bravery, courage and determination can turn something tragic into something good. Matt explains how he truly believed that his accident has made him a better person. He speaks with emotion and passion which makes his talk incredibly moving and energising.
Matt's message of 'focus on what you can do, not what you can't' will also speak to every child, whatever their academic or physical ability, inspiring them to 'get busy living' and achieve their goals.
If you would like to arrange for Matt to speak at a school please get in touch with the Foundation's office. The talk lasts about 20-30 minutes with time afterwards for questions but it can of course be adapted to suit your needs, maybe to be part of an assembly. Whilst there is no 'fee' as such for this, we would hope the school would feel able to make a donation to the Foundation. Speaking at events like this helps raise the Foundation's profile and builds disability awareness and hopefully inspires young people to be the best they can be. We also hope it inspires young people to fundraise for us.